Monthly Archives: July 2016

7/28 Weekly & Month End Circuit Court Reports

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7/25 Weekly Media Release

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Weekly Media Release: July 25-July 29, 2016

Attention: Assignment Editor
Assistant Director of Communications: Critt Cunningham
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3120
Cell / Text: (502) 380-7080
E-mail: ccunningham@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Christopher Allen – 15CR1646 (Robbery in the Second Degree, Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process, Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Defendant Allen (DOB 02/26/73) went to trial concerning a 4/21/15 incident where he was inside of victim’s home at the time of the offense; he had known the victim for a period of time.  The defendant threatened force against the older female victim. He caused some injury to victim as he attempted wrestle her into submission and to bind her hands with telephone cord so that he could accomplish the theft.  He then took the victim’s money, jewelry, and ID card.  The trial took place in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 8.  On Wednesday, July 20th, the defendant was found guilty of Robbery in the Second by Jury Verdict and resolved the penalty stage.  He was sentenced to a period of Thirteen Years to be served consecutive to the defendant’s previously imposed Eight Year sentence for which he had been on parole at the time of this offense.  Emily Cecil and Critt Cunningham were the prosecutors.

ARRAIGNMENTS

William Rembert Rhodes- 16CR1976 (Rape in the First Degree)

  • Rhodes (DOB 06/04/62) has been indicted in relation to a July 21 2016 incident. The victim who had been unconscious awoke to see the defendant on top of her having sex and the victim’s brother who had entered the room, began yelling and fighting with the defendant in the bedroom. After being confronted, the defendant fled.  The victim called 911 immediately and had a SAFE exam performed at UL Hospital. The case was arraigned in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 13 on Friday, July 22, 2016.  The first pretrial conference is set for September 1, 2016 at 9:45 am.  Stacy Grieve is the Prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Christopher L. McCullum – 15CR0968   (Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence)

  • Mr. McCullum (DOB 2/21/72) is charged in connection with the February 21, 2015, shooting death of Mukhtar Ahmad on I-71.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Division Seven of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryan Olberding is the prosecutor.

Aron Ballard and Anthony Foster – 16CR1051 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [Six Counts])

  • Mr. Ballard (DOB 12/18/93) and Mr. Foster (DOB 9/30/90) are charged in complicity in relation to a shooting that occurred on April 2, 2016 at 2129 Bolling Avenue. The defendants fired multiple shots at the victims, Lottie Eicher and Rodriq Buchannon, in an attempt to kill these individuals.  As a result of the defendants’ actions, Rodriq Buchannon was shot multiple times and suffered serious physical injury.  Lottie Eicher was also shot and died as a result of her injuries.  2129 Bolling Avenue was occupied by six persons, who were all on the first floor of the house when the defendants were shooting.  A Pretrial Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Emily Cecil is the prosecutor.

David T. Satterfield, Jr. – 14CR0326   (Murder)

  • Mr. Satterfield (DOB 12/28/79) is charged in connection with the August 6, 2007, death of Ms. Marcelline Vale at the Parkway Medical Center.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, July 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Division Nine of the Jefferson Circuit Court.  Ryan Olberding is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Bryan E. Harper – 15CR2583 (Torture of a Dog or Cat Resulting in Serious Physical Injury or Death; Terroristic Threatening in the Third Degree).

  • On May 17, 2015, Mr. Harper (DOB 12/20/1971) was found to be in possession of a Rottweiler dog that was suffering with broken bones and wounds that were infected severely with maggots.  Mr. Harper refused to allow Louisville Metro Animal Control to take custody of the dog, stating that he would rather let the dog lay there and die than let Animal Control take him.  Mr. Harper threatened to kill the Animal Control Officer if she did not leave his house and if she tried to take his dog.  Jury Trial is scheduled for Monday, July 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Alex Gaddis is the prosecutor.

Coretta Thomas – 14CR0639 (Assault in the Third Degree [Two Counts]; Resisting Arrest; Illegal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.

  • Ms. Thomas (DOB 01/10/95) on 10/28/13 was passenger in vehicle stopped for reckless driving. She became combative and would not answer questions.  She was told to stay in the vehicle and as officer walked away she opened the door. The defendant was again told to stay in vehicle and officer went to close the door.   She kicked the door open hitting officer with it and punching him in the eye with her fist.   She punched, bit and kicked officer.  She was pregnant and could not be taken to the ground.  The defendant elbowed another officer in the nose.  The Officer got the defendant’s hands behind her back and she was taken into custody.  Subsequent search found a bag of controlled substance that the defendant had pulled out of her pocket. Jury Trial began last Wednesday and Jury has entered deliberations as of 7/25/16 in Jefferson County Circuit Court Division 1.  Emily Cecil and Ryane Conroy are the Prosecutors.

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JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT ADDRESSES JAIL OVERCROWDING

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: July 21, 2016

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 JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT ADDRESSES JAIL OVERCROWDING

Chief Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Charles L. Cunningham, Jr., in consultation with the general term of the Jefferson Circuit Court, has entered an emergency order that will allow a limited number of non-violent individuals to be transferred from the Metro Department of Corrections’ main facility to its Home Incarceration Program.

The order provides that a list of proposed candidates will be provided to the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney at least 48 hours prior to any modifications in custody.  This period will allow our office the opportunity to either object to said changes or, if we don’t object, to advise the victims of the change in custody.

This order is designed to address the current jail overcrowding issue. It was circulated at recent meeting of the Jail Policy Committee. That meeting was attended by prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, correction officials, citizen advisors, and other court officials. All recognized that the jail overcrowding issue is a matter of utmost concern.  As failure to address this problem in the past led to Federal court intervention, I believe it is better for local officials to act now in order to maintain control of pretrial incarceration.

The inmate custody modifications are expected to begin next week.

Thomas B. Wine
COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney
514 W. Liberty Street
Louisville, Kentucky
40202

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office occupies a critical position in the criminal justice system. Commonly referred to as the District Attorney in most states, the Commonwealth’s Attorney must focus the power of the state on those who defy its laws. As legal representative for the people, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has the duty to seek justice for all. Visit www.louisvilleprosecutor.com for more information.

PLEASE CONTACT
Jeff Cooke
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
514 West Liberty Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Tel: 502-595-2340
Mobile:  502-262-5809
Email:  JCooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

7/15 Weekly Media Release

From the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Please see our Media Releases page at louisvilleprosecutor.com/media-releases for more details and archives.

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Weekly Media Release: July 18-July 22, 2016

Attention: Assignment Editor
Assistant Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: JCooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

ARRAIGNMENT

Brice Jamar Rhodes – 16CR1891 (Murder [three counts], Tampering with Physical Evidence, Abuse of a Corpse [two counts], Receiving Stolen Property)

  • Mr. Rhodes (DOB 9/8/90) is charged with the May 4, 2016, murder of Christopher Jones on the 800 block of 41st Street, and the May 22, 2016, murder of two children, sixteen-year-old Maurice Gordon and fourteen-year-old Larry Ordway, at 763 N. Hite Avenue.  He is also charged with attempting to dispose of evidence related to this case and of attempting to burn the bodies of the victims, which were discovered in the rear of 4028 River Park Drive.  The case was presented to the Grand Jury and an indictment returned on July 13, 2016.  Arraignment is scheduled to occur Monday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCE

James M. Spaulding – 16CR0358 (Murder, Criminal Attempt Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary In the First Degree, Criminal Attempt Burglary In the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment In the First Degree (Four Counts), Tampering With Physical Evidence, Fleeing or Evading Police In the First Degree, Assault In the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree).

  • Mr. Spaulding (DOB 06/16/83) is charged in relation to the shooting death of store employee Denny Davis at the Stop-n-Go Liquor and Convenience Store located at 427 Warnock Street on February 4, 2016.  After shooting Mr. Davis and shooting at another employee in the store, Mr. Spaulding fled the store and attempted to unlawfully enter nearby residences. When he could not get into the residences, he fired the gun into one of the residences and endangered the lives of several people inside. He was eventually arrested in the middle of Interstate 65 South after he led law enforcement on a chase after fleeing the Warnock Street area.  Mr. Spaulding is scheduled to be in court for a pretrial conference on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Stacy Greive and Alex Gaddis are the prosecutors.

John Zachery Ganobcik – 16CR0286 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Kidnapping, Robbery in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree).

  • Mr. Ganobcik (DOB 10/24/88) is charged in relation to the events surrounding his attack upon a female leaving her downtown place of employment at approximately 6:00 p.m. on January 26, 2016.  These offenses occurred in the parking Garage located at 425 South 5th Street. Mr. Ganobcik is scheduled to be in court on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference. Stacy Greive and Joshua Waldrop are the prosecutors.

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